Saturday, April 24, 2010

Divine Mercy film wins awards

A 35-minute shortfilm called The Last Appeal written, directed and produced by Fr. Bala Shoury Udumala of Vijayawada Diocese received two International Prestigious Recognition Awards in USA. It was aired on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), the largest Catholic channel on April 11. Fr. Bala Udumala graduated in Masters from Loyola Mary Mount University in Los Angeles in Film and Television Production in 2008.The Las Vegas International Film Festival 2009 awarded the director the “Official Finalist Award” this month in Las Vegas. The Mexico International Film Festivals also has awarded “The Silver Palm Award” for the film in the Student Category. About 2000 films from over 50 countries represented at each of these film festivals.

The film portrays the true story of a peasant girl, Helen who later becomes a nun in a convent in Poland. Jesus chose her to be the message of his mercy. The film brings out vividly the struggle Helen Kowalska went through in the process of delivering the message through the humble life of a nun in a convent in Poland at the beginning of the 20th century. The film depicts the revelations and visions of God to Helen. Besides English and Spanish, the film has been dubbed into several Indian languages. The Gujarvani production of Gujarat has already dubbed the film into Hindi and Telugu. The Hindi version was recently released in Mumbai by Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Telugu version by Bishop Prakash Mallavarapu in Vijayawada.

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